The Blue Box Blog
by:
Bob Kinzel

New Recruits

The book of Numbers begins with the mustering of an army and ends with one as well. The new recruits are the sons of the cowardly who died in the wilderness, refusing to follow Joshua into the Promised Land.


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Causeless Curses

Another key lesson we learn from the whole Balaam episode concerns curses. What are they, exactly? Do they work? Should we fear them?


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Balaam’s Blessings

We’ve seen that even though Balaam had wicked motives, the Lord used him to utter blessings on behalf of His people. Although it’s a strange story, it demonstrates, on several levels, how God’s will is accomplished and proclaimed often through very unlikely candidates.


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Balaam Bedlam

The story of Balaam and his argument with a donkey was a favorite of mine in childhood Sunday School. I remember well the book and accompanying flannelgraph figures showing the donkey straying from the path, crushing Balaam’s foot against the wall, and finally lying down on the path, t


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Why didn’t Moses get to enter the Promised Land?

As a child, it was troubling to me that Moses, of all people, didn’t get to enter the Promised Land. After all, he had led Israel out of Egypt, put up with them nearly forty years in the desert,


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What is wrong with these people?

When we see things go wrong in the lives of God’s people in the Bible, we tend to focus upon their outward behavior and the result. They disobey and are punished, they complain and are plagued, they rebel and are defeated by their enemies.


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Numbers: God’s Show and Tell on Human Depravity

Reading through Numbers is rather like watching a train wreck in slow motion. You just know that after the Lord has defeated Pharaoh, freed Israel, and given them His Law, they will now love and follow Him obediently, right?


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Numbing Numbers’ Numbers

If you are reading through the Bible this year, you may get a little hung up on the minutia Moses records about the tribes of Israel in the book of Numbers.


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Be wise!

There is folly all around us these days, brought closer home and into our hearts, heads, and ears through all sorts of media platforms.


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That’s impossible!

One of the more challenging parts of reading through the Bible is your encounter with the Law of Moses. Beginning in Genesis and stretching though Deuteronomy you discover more than 600


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